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From Human to Posthuman

Christian Theology and Technology in a Postmodern World

By Brent Waters

© 2006 – Routledge

178 pages

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Technology is one of the dominant forces shaping the emerging postmodern world. Indeed the very fabric of daily life is dependent upon various information, communication, and transportation technologies. With anticipated advances in biotechnology, artificial intelligence, and robotics, that dependence will increase. Yet this growing dependence is accompanied with a deep ambivalence. For many technology symbolises the faith of the postmodern world, but it is an ambivalent faith encapsulating both our hopes and fears for the future. This book examines the religious foundations underlying this troubled faith in technology, as well as critically and constructively engaging particular technological developments from a theological perspective.

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'This is an important and valuable book because the author stresses the significance of theology in thinking about technological progress and places emphasis on the person of Christ in pondering the consequences of this progress upon the fate of humankind.' Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith '… this is a powerful attempt to articulate the theological dimensions of these debates, and is particularly welcome for its robust engagement with the philosophy of transhumanism… the book certainly represents a significant beginning in sketching out the emergent field of theology and technology as it seeks to follow its own path beyond the well-worn routes of science and religion.' Crucible ’Technology is one of the dominant forces shaping the emerging postmodern world. This book examines the religious foundations underlying this troubled faith in technology, as well as critically and constructively engaging particular technological developments from a theological perspective.’ Theological Book Review

About the Author

Brent Waters is Director of the Center for Ethics and Values, and Assistant Professor of Christian Social Ethics at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Illinois, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Science and Religion Series

Science and religion have often been thought to be at loggerheads but much contemporary work in this flourishing interdisciplinary field suggests this is far from the case. The Science and Religion Series presents exciting new work to advance interdisciplinary study, research and debate across key themes in science and religion, exploring the philosophical relations between the physical and social sciences on the one hand and religious belief on the other. Contemporary issues in philosophy and theology are debated, as are prevailing cultural assumptions arising from the 'post-modernist' distaste for many forms of reasoning. The series enables leading international authors from a range of different disciplinary perspectives to apply the insights of the various sciences, theology and philosophy and look at the relations between the different disciplines and the rational connections that can be made between them. These accessible, stimulating new contributions to key topics across science and religion will appeal particularly to individual academics and researchers, graduates, postgraduates and upper-undergraduate students.

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RELIGION / General